Saturday, December 20, 2014

Celebrating Debutantes 2014: Courtney C. Stevens (14 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Faking Normal author, Courtney C. Stevens, shares the book she's read 36 times(!), her favorite television series, the experience that validated the stories in her head in a powerful way, and some other cool things on her 14 random facts today!

Courtney C. Stevens
1. I have (currently) read I am the Messenger 36 times. It is the only book I’ve reread that much. Although, I read through the entire Harry Potter series ten times.

2. I went to Space Camp when I was in sixth grade and it still informs the way I look at the universe.

3. I won the Scholastic Arts and Writing Award Gold Award for fantasy when I was a senior in High School. This experience validated the stories in my head in a powerful way.

4.  I am 5’4” and I was a high jumper and also a forward on the basketball team. Once upon a time, I had some ups. Now, I’m a climber. (A different way to have some ups.)

5. I grew up in a little town in Kentucky called Bandana. (It was named after gypsies.)

6. I love Legos.

7. My favorite television series of all time are Alias and X-Files.

8. When I was a kid my Nana had a barber shop hair dryer chair in her laundry room. My cousin and I called it The Rocket Chair because we ran many, many missions to Mars with that space helmet.

9. I am the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Midsouth region of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.)

10. My favorite place in the world is Prince Edward Island. Because … Anne of Green Gables.

11. I’ve seen many Broadway musicals/plays, but the ones I see over and over are: Peter and the Star Catcher, In the Heights, Rent, and Wicked.

12. Pablo Neruda is my favorite poet. I also love Rumi.

13. I am unnaturally obsessed with being efficient.

14. I have climbed the Great Wall of China twice. 


About the Author

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Faking Normal is her first novel.

"simple but...incredible" - check out my 5/5 stars review here!

Faking Normal
(Faking Normal #1)
by Courtney C. Stevens

Published February 25th 2014 by HarperCollins Children's Books

Blurb (Goodreads):
An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past
, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

Yesterday: Andrea Hannah, author of Of Scars and Stardust. Tomorrow: Kat Spears, author of Sway. Check out the schedule here.

- copy of Faking Normal
- open to US only
- contest ends January 5th
- Courtney and I are NOT responsible for any lost or damaged package
- each entry will be checked. Daily entries requires different info/links every day. This will be checked as well so be honest!
- winner must respond on email notification within 48 hours or else we will pick another winner
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1 comment:

  1. Haven't heard of this book yet! Looks really good! Thanks for the giveaway!


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